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"From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!"

From Broadway to Hollywood - our 2018 Tour!

09
Sep
2017

Hello everybody!

It's that time of year again... the nights are starting to draw in... but our living rooms will all be aglow with the sparkle from Strictly every Saturday evening! I hope you'll be tuning in tonight at 7pm, BBC1, for the launch show for this, the 15th series!

Speaking of landmarks, Anton and I are thrilled and excited to announce our new Tour for 2018: 'From Broadway to Hollywood' - it's going to be a real showstopper with all of our most favourite numbers! Marking a decade in dance - our tenth tour - we are very, very excited to share it with you!

Featuring the very best of the Golden Age repertoire including: “Cry Me a River”, “Mr Bojangles”, “Downtown”, “New York, New York”, “Couple of Swells” and “Libertango”, and with Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, star vocalist Lance Ellington, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers, it promises to be an unmissable experience!

From Broadway To Hollywood - Anton & Erin's 2018 Tour

 

'From Broadway to Hollywood' runs from the 19th January to the 18th March 2018 – 35 performances in all. Tickets are available now, with full details of dates, venues and how to book over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Anton and I are so looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Swing Time - our 2017 Tour"

Swing Time - our 2017 Tour

24
Sep
2016

Hello everybody!

As Strictly season begins, what better time to post a quick blog about my upcoming tour with Anton! We're excited to announce that we'll be touring the nation this coming spring 2017 with our brand new production: 'Swing Time'.

Featuring classic tunes including: “I Could Have Danced All Night”, “I Got Rhythm”, “Guys And Dolls”, “Strike Up The Band”, “Moondance”… we can hardly wait to start rehearsals!

We'll have Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra, Lance Ellington adding his dulcet vocals, plus our marvellous ensemble dancers too … the stage will be well and truly set!

Swing Time - Anton & Erin's 2017 Tour

'Swing Time' runs from the 26th January to the 2nd April 2017 – 39 performances in all. There's a Tour Flyer you can download from here… and full details of dates, venues and how to book can be found over at Raymond Gubbay’s website.

Looking forward to seeing you in the audience!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker 2016"

Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker 2016

23
Sep
2016
Anton & Erin's 2016 Christmas Cracker

Once again, the nation’s favourite ballroom couple, Anton Du Beke and Erin Boag, return to the Royal Albert Hall this festive season for their annual Christmas Cracker!

Fast becoming as traditional as cranberry sauce, the duo’s pre-Christmas winter warmer is back this year on Wednesday 21st December 2016 with a matinee at 2:30pm and an evening performance at 7:30pm.

Accompanied by Richard Balcombe and the London Concert Orchestra, vocalist Lance Ellington along with three choirs, this show of seasonal fun is the perfect way to start your Christmas celebrations!

Tickets are on sale now - click through for full details!

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"Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!"

Just Gotta Dance - our 2016 tour!

15
Jan
2016

Hello everybody!

It's been far too long since my last blog post, I'm sure you'll agree! I've been very busy with the new addition to our family: our pride and joy, Ewan! He's absolutely adorable, as good as gold, and it feels like he's growing before our very eyes!

I promise I'll write more soon to update you on all the happenings from the past couple of years, but for the moment I'm very excited to share some dance news and a new video with you!... As I'm sure you already know, Anton and I are on tour this coming spring with our new show, 'Just Gotta Dance' - we've been rehearsing hard, and let's not forget, Anton was busy with Strictly right up until Christmas, so a good few weeks of rehearsals without him were, shall we say, interesting!

The tour kicks off next Thursday with our first date in Northampton, and we are both very excited indeed!

Anton & Erin's 2016 Tour - Just Gotta Dance

We’ve got sensational new choreography, sparkling costumes and a show band performing timeless music including: “Night and Day”, “Lullaby of Broadway”, “Fever”, “Too Darn Hot”, “Downtown”, “Jealousy”, “Bye Bye Blackbird” and “New York New York”.

We’re also thrilled, once again, to be featuring star vocalist Lance Ellington, six world class ensemble dancers, plus Richard Balcombe leading the London Concert Orchestra. It's going to be spectacular!... And I haven't even told you about all the fabulous dresses!!

So, back to the video - here it is, and it's got some wonderful rehearsal footage too to give you a feel for what's in the show.

 

Anton and I very much hope to see you in the audience and we are very, very excited to be back on tour!... Less than a week to go!!

Lots of love,

Erin
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"38 Weeks Gone, The Countdown Has Begun..."

38 Weeks Gone, The Countdown Has Begun...

18
Apr
2014

Hi Everyone,

It was a very sad day for me when I heard that Bruce was ‘semi’ retiring from Strictly Come Dancing. The reason I say ‘semi’ retiring as I know he will be back to host some Strictly specials every now and then. Some of the most memorable and wonderful experiences of my life have been working with and alongside the legend that is Bruce Forsyth. He is one of the last all-round entertainers from that bygone era of light entertainment and a true professional. Strictly will not be the same without him. I have posted below a couple of my personal favourite memories from over the years which you can see on YouTube:

 

Well, I have just passed the 38th week of my pregnancy and feel like the countdown has now begun, as I could go into labour any day. As I sit here and type this blog the baby is bouncing around in my tummy, which these days is pretty normal. I have a feeling I am not going to get any sleep it is so active. However I have to say I am very relaxed with what is about to happen to me – giving birth and the sleepless nights, but it is all worth it to finally meet our little baby.

Even though I only have a couple of weeks left I am trying to stay as active as I can. I am still going to the gym about 3 – 4 times a week and yes I get very strange looks from some of the gym members. Although I have to admit I do look rather strange in lycra these days! My doctor has told me to keep going with the exercise as long as I can manage, as moderate exercise is beneficial for the health of the baby and for me during the birth. I can’t run anymore so I walk with hand weights on the treadmill and use the bike and cross trainer machine. I also try to do a little bit of exercise with light weights just to keep my strength up.

Even though I have been going to the gym regularly I know I have still put on a lot of weight. The nurses keep saying to me that my bump is very compact, it’s just a shame I can’t say the same thing about my backside anymore!!!!

As well as going to the gym I have still been teaching my classes at Kingston Dance Studio. But rather than dancing I have been waddling around the floor showing them how it should be done, but I don’t get any complaints from my class. They seem to enjoy dancing with me and the bump!

I am starting to feel a little more organised now with all the baby gear I have assembled over the past few weeks. But I have to say my latest purchase was slightly more complex. Choosing a pushchair these days is just as complicated as choosing a new car. They come in all shapes and sizes to suit every taste and lifestyle, there are just so many to choose from. As it is something we are going to use all the time it was really important that we chose the right one. So after extensive user testing (I think the shop was getting a little tired of our questions!) and undertaking a focus group in our living room (only kidding) we went for the new i-candy Peach 3 in truffle. It’s fabulous, and can you believe it even comes with a cup holder! Very important these days don’t you think?

My dance partner Anton has just returned from a well-deserved holiday after finishing this year’s tour, which was of course a big success. So while I still have the energy we have been planning our shows and appearances for the forthcoming months. I intend to be back working again 6 weeks after baby arrives and feel having shows lined up gives me a bit of a target to aim for. But I also know Anton will be very supportive and if necessary he will drag me around the floor for the first few shows until I get my fitness back to the required level.

Check out our events calendar - hope to catch you at one of our shows!

Well that’s probably my last update before baby arrives so hopefully I will be able to give you another update not too long after the little one makes an appearance. So until then… wish me luck.

Love,

Erin x

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"Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations"

Baby Shower, Shopping, Dance Tour and Birthday Celebrations

27
Mar
2014

Hi everyone,

As I am on the final countdown with only five weeks to go everything is passing like a blur but I am loving every part of this stage of pregnancy, well, almost every part. Gaviscon has become my best friend; heartburn is apparently normal so I will continue drinking, what tastes like toothpaste, until it subsides.

The last few weeks have been full of ante-natal classes, hypnobirthing, a meeting about next year’s dance tour, a beautiful baby shower, building my forever home, my birthday, baby scans, buying nursery furniture and baby essentials and of course trying to choose a name for the bump!!

Firstly I have to say that going to hypnobirthing class has totally changed the way I feel about giving birth. I was extremely nervous about it, everyone tells you the horror stories and we have all watched movies and documentaries on TV with ladies screaming throughout the labour!!

Someone recommended that I try hypnobirthing so I thought what have I got to lose – I am so glad that I listened. Hypnobirthing is an established, effective way to birth your baby in a positive, calm environment. You are taught techniques to help you to go in to a deeply relaxed state – the best way to be when giving birth to your baby.

My husband Peter is a Master Practitioner in NLP so he was a big fan of hypnobirthing and has now got me practicing my relaxation and breathing techniques every night before I go to sleep. He has even made a playlist of my favourite music to listen to when in labour. I would highly recommend it to anyone – the hypnobirthing that is, not my husband!

I also had a wonderful surprise this month when my friend Ruth and my husband Peter arranged a baby shower for me. It was a beautiful day, the sun was shining and we all gathered at Warren House in Kingston Upon Thames for afternoon tea and games. It was full of fun and laughter, beautiful cakes and a glass or two of champagne for some of the ladies!

Peter had his own baby shower in the bar next door with all the boys. It was a beautiful day and everyone seemed to enjoy themselves.

My birthday was the next day, 21 again!!!! Hurrah! Peter made me breakfast in bed and again the weather was just perfect. Along with flowers I got lots of lovely presents – including a wireless music system that I can take with me to the hospital so that when I give birth we can play all our favourite music.

I went for a baby growth scan last week and they told me although the baby looked fine I seem to have way too much fluid around the baby. This is not a good sign so I had to go in the next day and have a glucose test for diabetes and see a consultant. Thankfully my diabetes results came back clear but I have to go back next week for another scan to check if the fluid has reduced. Hopefully, fingers crossed, it has. The baby is now head-down and moving around like there’s no tomorrow. Sometimes I get baby’s little bottom digging in to my right rib and other times a foot sticking out of my left side. I have been told by the midwife that this is a good sign. If I rub and pat the bottom it will wriggle and its little legs will kick out (very alien like!!).

Although Anton Du Beke, my professional dance partner, hasn’t quite finished this year’s tour we have already started planning for next year. We have been dance partners now for 17 years and danced 10 series of Strictly Come Dancing together and have done 5 UK tours so it did seem strange not touring with Anton this year – but it is all in a good cause. We had a meeting last week with our tour organisers and we are all set to go in January 2015; very excited indeed. I have told my mother already and she is excited as she will come over from New Zealand for three months to look after the baby and perhaps both come on a part of the tour with us. It will give her a great chance to have some baby-&-Grandma time and give me peace of mind knowing that I have someone I can trust looking after the little one while I am on stage. I do think however, that after three months she may be glad to get on the plane home again.

I have finally started shopping for the baby essentials. It took us a long time to choose a nursery set but the one we finally decided on was from Belle Maison. It is so adorable and beautiful and it is all hand made. I don’t want to give away my little secret yet so I have shown some boy and girl nursery furniture below!!

Some other essentials that I have bought include: a Tommie Tippee sangenic nappy disposal system, which I think is essential to keep the lovely smell of baby poo away! And some beautiful New Zealand wool clothes, from Merino Kids, which keep your baby warm in the winter and cool in the summer.

And last but not least the house is coming along nicely… we have a roof on now and the first-fix electrics and plumbing are going in. I have been busy on-site making all the little decisions that need making as all the tradesmen coalesce as the work inside the house intensifies. We need to get a move on as this baby needs somewhere to live!!

I will write again soon as I want to get a few more blogs in before the bump decides to make an appearance!!

Lots of Love,

Erin x

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"28 Weeks Pregnant, Babymoon and Sunshine"

28 Weeks Pregnant, Babymoon and Sunshine

10
Feb
2014

Finally, after helping my professional dance partner Anton get his tour up and running, I am off on my “babymoon”. Before I went, one of my jobs was getting the costumes ready for all the cast, working with the wonderful Dance Sport International.

The tour is well underway. I watched the first few shows and if I do say so myself it is a fabulous show. However, it does feel strange not being a part of it for the very first time but pregnancy and dance do not mix well. There comes a time when its just not possible anymore so there was only one thing that was going to make me feel better and that was booking a babymoon to take my mind off things.

Before being pregnant I had never heard of a babymoon – however I am reliably informed it’s a last holiday before the baby arrives. I thought the best thing would be a trip back to New Zealand to visit family and get some sunshine and hopefully give my bump a bit of a tan. Since touching down in New Zealand I have been so lucky with perfect weather. I have been here for two weeks and my husband Peter has now flown out to join me.

Our days have been packed – catching up with family and friends; a dolphin spotting boat trip; fishing on my Dad’s boat; a helicopter ride; a bit of sunbathing and of course most nights you have to do the good old New Zealand tradition of a BBQ in the back yard!

I left London at 26 weeks pregnant and I am now 28 weeks and my bump is expanding fast. I am also pleased to report that I still have an “innie” (belly button) and not a pushed out one yet.

To be honest I am hoping it stays that way but I have heard that a lot of women have belly buttons that pop out!

I was sunbathing today and was not sure what was bigger – my belly or the volcano in the background (Rangitoto Island) – but I will leave you to decide!

I have to admit things are getting a little more difficult now. I no longer sit up and get out of bed – my husband has to roll me out now, I feel my hip joints getting sore and I even caught myself waddling the other day! It is a wonderful feeling though when you feel the baby kicking and moving even if it does keep me awake most of the night.

The sunshine is not over for me yet. We have a few more days here in NZ and then we are off to Phuket for a little more sunshine before heading back to cold, grey and very wet London.

I can’t say that I miss the winter days but I can say that I miss being on the dance floor and touring with Anton, but I will make the most of things and enjoy the sunshine while I can.

Love,
Erin
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"Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!"

Morning Sickness, Dancing and Anton Du Beke!

20
Dec
2013

Hi everyone and welcome to my new blog!

Can you believe it, I’m pregnant!!!! Even after 22 weeks I still have moments when I have to pinch myself to check it’s not a dream and is actually happening.

It’s a weird but completely wonderful feeling that a little person is growing inside me but I have to admit it hasn’t been all plain sailing so far. Let me fill you in on what’s been going on with me and my body over the past five months.

From about six weeks onwards I have suffered with severe morning sickness, sometimes six to seven times a day!!!! I have come to the conclusion that it must have been a man who called it MORNING sickness – I would like to rename it morning, noon and night sickness!

Some days were so bad that I could barely function and thought about making a bed in my bathroom as I spent more time in there than anywhere else.

Oh, and the sickness wasn’t the only problem either, with the belching and wind (yes, I was putting that nicely) and the overwhelming fatigue that knocked me out by sunset I wasn’t much company during those early months!

I was hoping that the symptoms wouldn’t last long; how wrong was I! I had no let up until I was about 18 weeks. Even now, though things have got slightly easier, I still get nausea daily but you will be pleased to hear the wind has passed! Although I have found that an apple helps quell the nausea feeling.

My husband Peter has been a saint through it all even when he was woken up in the middle of the night with me munching on a juicy Granny Smith apple! I know he found it tough watching me suffer so badly but hopefully the worst is over now.

After 10 wonderful years it was difficult for me to say goodbye to Strictly and not be apart of the show this year but I knew the time was right for me to start a family. It is something that I always wanted to do.

It is even more difficult for me that I won’t be touring with my professional dance partner Anton early in 2014. I will be far too pregnant and unable to fit in the dresses!

However fear not, my career is very important to me and I can promise you that I will be back performing midway through 2014 (health permitting).

And I haven’t had my feet up for the last few months either… throughout all the morning sickness I have still managed to make appearances and perform shows with Anton. I feel it helped me cope with the nausea and I did not want to let people down. Seeing the joy on people's faces when we perform makes everything worthwhile. So I put a smile on my face and twirled around the dance floor.

At nine weeks pregnant, I teamed up with one of my celebrity partners from Strictly, Colin Jackson, and performed a couple of dances and ran workshops on a week-long tour around the Country for Npower in aid of Macmillan Cancer Research.

For those of you that are thinking that continuing to dance might be dangerous for the baby, I have spoken to my midwife and doctor and they both say it is fine as long as I don’t do anything stupid. So I have taken the lifts and flips out of the routines as that may be taking things too far…

As we approach the end of 2013 Anton and I have three shows left before I hang up my dance shoes (for a little while anyway) and they are the biggest three shows of all.

Yes I am so excited to say that we, (Anton and I) are performing at the Royal Albert Hall.

We are doing the final rehearsals this week and our show – Anton and Erin’s Christmas Cracker will open on Sunday 22nd December.

My husband and I went for our 20 week scan last week and I can’t describe the feeling of seeing how the baby has transformed and grown over the past few months. The baby is growing perfectly so far and measured about 10 inches in the scan. We have known the sex of the baby for some time now as we did a harmony test at 12 weeks, which I would thoroughly recommend, and they asked us then if we wanted to know what it was.

I thought I would like to know the gender but for some reason I chickened out. So we asked the nurse to write it on a piece of paper and seal it in an envelope. We took it home and placed it on the dining room table and we stared at it for days until the time was right. We did not have a preference either way but it was still a very special moment when we did finally rip it open. We have not told anyone yet and will probably keep it as our own little secret until the big day.

At my last midwife appointment she asked me to stand on the scales. As I thought to myself “don’t look down” I did and caught sight of my weight. I have to admit I had a little tear in my eye as I left the hospital but it’s all in a good cause.

I am now into my 22nd week of pregnancy and can’t fit into most of my regular clothes. I wish I could say that I am one of those lucky ladies that only expand on the front with a perfect little bump. My husband tells me that my bump and I look perfect but the truth is I have expanded all over! So I have packed all my “pre-pregnancy” clothes into boxes, sealed them and written on the outside of the box: ”Do not open until you are back to normal!!”

However I am very lucky that Tiffany Rose has come to my rescue and provided me with a selection of beautiful maternity clothes to wear. Below is a picture of my 22-week bump and a gorgeous dress by Tiffany Rose.

Lots of love,
Erin
XX

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"I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!"

I Can't Keep It Covered Up Any Longer!

20
Oct
2013

Strictly's Erin Boag reveals the real reason she's not on this year's show.

I can't keep it covered up any longer... There's been much speculation about my absence from this year's Strictly Come Dancing, but I can now reveal the real reason why I turned down appearing on this year's show... Yes, I'm truly excited and delighted to say… I'm pregnant!

My husband Peter and I are expecting the arrival of our first child in the spring of next year. It's such a relief to be able to tell all, as it's been 'strictly mum's the word' these past few months! Another reason for being so quiet is that I have been battling with terrible morning sickness – I don't know why it's called "morning" sickness as I had it morning, noon and night!!!

My career is such an important part of my life, however with ten series of Strictly under my belt, it just felt the right time.

Before baby arrives, amongst other things, Anton and I will be performing at the Royal Albert Hall this Christmas with 'Anton & Erin's Christmas Cracker' (I'm sure those gorgeous gowns might need a bit of letting-out by then!).

As some of you will know, Anton and I have been fortunate to perform our sell-out UK tours for the past five years but for obvious reasons I won't be able to perform this time - though I will be helping Anton prepare for, and supporting him on his solo tour which launches early next year.

And after baby's born?... I'll be back dancing just as soon as my body and fitness allows! Anton and I already have bookings in place for next year, and I'm particularly delighted to say we're planning a big come-back tour for 2015! So there's plenty to look forward to, as you all now know – especially the pitter-patter of tiny feet too.

Be sure to keep up with my news here on my blog and by following me on twitter!

Lots of love,
Erin
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"It's Showtime! Again!... Strictly Series Ten!"

It's Showtime! Again!... Strictly Series Ten!

19
Sep
2012

It's that time of year again, one minute it was summer (or not!) and now we are swiftly heading into Autumn… which means… it's Strictly time again! It's hard to believe the hit show is in its tenth series, with Anton & I having danced in each and every one… and who would have thought it could get any better, but indeed it has: what a fabulous line up for 2012!

Strictly Line Up, 2012

And I've got the perfect man for the job: Richard Arnold, what a sweetheart!  Richard is normally used to commenting on celebrity life from the comfort of his sofa on ITV's 'Daybreak'. He has now been thrust into the glittering spotlight and I'm thrilled to have been paired with him. I had a hoot with Rory last year, so to have another sharp witted man by my side makes for lots of fun and laughter – and that sharp sense of humour is going to come in very handy particularly with Craig's comments! Bring it on!

Erin Boag and Richard Arnold

Richard is no newcomer to competitive reality television shows: he has featured on Celebrity Mastermind and Celebrity Masterchef, doing rather well in both. I'm only hoping he knows his Tap from his tapas, his Merengue from his meringue, and doesn't think I mean a dip when I say Salsa! (Couldn't resist it, sorry!… Just as long as he relishes the experience! Enough, enough, no more I promise!!)

Richard is used to breaking the latest showbiz exclusives, and is already revealing all the back stage news as it happens via twitter. Be sure to follow him for all the latest gossip and sneaky back stage photos (must make sure I'm looking at my best with that camera about). Richard's also getting the celebrity vote too judging by the tweets and well wishes of support from his celebrity pals.

Richard Arnold and his costume dance accessories Sid Owen, Richard Arnold, Michael Vaughan, Nicky Byrne Lisa Riley, Denise Van Outen, Richard Arnold, Dani Harmer... plus Sir Bruce Forsyth

I'll keep you up to speed via twitter over the gruelling weeks to come. I've got my fingers crossed we're going to make it right to the end, but there's lots and lots of hard work ahead, starting with sorting his left foot out from his right… then we'll be off!

Richard Arnold and Erin Boag rehearsing

Training beckons, so till next time… And don't forget, keeeeep following us on twitter: @ErinBoag and @RichardAArnold.

Lots of love

Erin
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P.S. Oh and before I go… I'm so pleased Anton has been paired with the fabulous Jerry Hall. Has he finally met his match?! We had thought that either Nancy or Ann could lick him into shape but they just fell for his charms and had an absolute ball as we all know. Hopefully the stunning Texan beauty will have him under her spell in no time!

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